Thomas V. Melillo, DPM was the chief executive officer at Kent State University’s College of Podiatric Medicine in Kent, Ohio and previously the President of the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine since August 1984 before it became a part of Kent State University in July of 2012. He passed away October 22, 2013 at the age of 66 after a battle with cancer.
Dr Melillo graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine in 1969 and then completed his residency at the California College of Podiatric Medicine in 1971. He then served in number of positions at the California College of Podiatric Medicine, including the academic dean, professor of surgery, chief of podiatry and director of hospital education.
Kent State University noted his contribution as:
Under Melillo’s leadership, the podiatry school prospered, expanded, enhanced its reputation and became recognized as one of the national leaders in podiatric medicine education. He was responsible for developing three new and different clinic sites for the Cleveland Foot and Ankle Clinic, relocating the college to its impressive Georgian-style building in the Cleveland suburb of Independence, Ohio, building a modern, high-tech facility to provide the best training for its students and supervising the friendly acquisition of the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine by Kent State. Melillo had been the longest-serving president of a podiatry college in the United States.
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